Soviet president Brezhnev was a seasoned drinker. He liked vodka, but during official receptions he insisted on Krug Champagne.
When enophiles talk about mature wines, most think of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Barolo, Ribera del Duero, and Château d’Yquem, but rarely about champagne, yet meticulously made champagnes can age gracefully for decades and become more complex, and refined.
Krug is one of the few Champagne houses that actually produces wines to age. Their 10, 20, 30, even 40 year old champagnes are still in excellent drinking condition with ample fruit, complexity and depth.
Although the company was sold to LVMH (Louis Vuitton, Moet Hennessey), the Krug family still is involved in the–to-day running of the company in some form.
Krug champagnes evolve for 10 – 15 years, then they reach a plateau. After that period which may last a few years, hidden tastes start to emerge.
Johann Joseph Krug founded Krug Champagne in 1843 in Reims. The company owns 30 hectares of grand cru and premier cru vineyards, including a two-hectare vineyard Clos de Mesnil considered to be one of the most coveted vineyards in the region.
Krug buys only the best quality from grand cru and premier cru classified contracted growers and barrel ferment the must in 205 litre capacity and 30-year-old barrels.
Only Krug declares the very best vintages and one only needs to taste non-vintage Krug champagne to detect the refinement and delicacy of their champagnes.
Champagne connoisseurs prefer Krug to most other premium producers and willingly pay the high prices.
The company produces only approximately 80 000 cases a year.
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